AFC Cleveland came up with their second playoff win of the weekend, beating the Erie Admirals 5-4 on penalty kicks.
The match between Erie and Cleveland was a hard fought battle, one that took 90 minutes plus extra time and a penalty shootout to get a result.
Erie midfielder Steve Mahon put the Admirals up 1-0 early, a lead the home team held at halftime. A successful penalty kick by South African striker Dean Miller in the 79th minute put things even at 1-1.
The score remained deadlocked after extra time, sending both teams to a penalty shootout. Ohio State's Michael Matlock would convert the winning penalty kick, giving Cleveland the Great Lakes Championship.
"It's tremendous," AFC Cleveland manager Andy Hoggarth stated. "They've never felt out of a game. They just battle and battle."
Cleveland will host the Madison 56ers with the Midwest Championships and a trip to the league championships in San Diego on the line. The exact date, time, and location are to be announced.
"We'll play our game," Hoggarth added. "We've only lost 1 game all season. Let's keep it going!"